Making a decision to wean a baby from breastfeeding is not so easy. But sooner or later, it will still have to be done. Approach this question is responsible. Here are some tips to help you.
When to wean a baby from breastfeeding?Ideally, it is best to wait for natural weaning. And here it is impossible to call a single time. Every mother period comes in time. However, on average, lactation involution occurs in 2.5 years. It is at this age that the baby’s sucking reflex begins to fade.
Every mother decides when to wean
Readiness of the maternal organism is also easy to understand. At this time, the breast is no longer overfilled with milk. The baby is not applied for more than 12 hours, and the mother feels comfortable. After the start of the involution of lactation, you can breastfeed for another 2-3 months. During this time, the baby will receive a supply of immunoglobulins with milk, which will be enough for him for 5-6 months.
It should be noted that it is not necessary to wean the baby from breastfeeding immediately after an illness, after experiencing stress or during important life changes, for example, going to kindergarten. It happens, of course, when a child needs to be weaned urgently. Here are suitable cases of serious illness in the mother, when she begins to use drugs that are incompatible with breastfeeding.
And here we must act smoothly and carefully, observing all the rules, but in a short time.
How to wean from a breast?We must remember that the sharp weaning of the baby from the breast is a huge stress. You need to act smoothly and carefully, all the time to observe the reaction of the baby. It so happens that you have to start all over again. This is normal and do not despair at such moments.
It is worth being very gentle with the child at the time of weaning.
At this time, the child must be monitored closely. If he begins to pull into the mouth of foreign objects, for example, a finger, then he is experiencing stress and experiencing. And that means he is not yet ready to stop breastfeeding.
Methods for weaning a baby from breastfeedingThe easiest way is to leave the house for a few days or take the baby to the grandmother.However, this method can be used only if the child had already been left without a mother for at least a day. During the period of my mother's absence, the child will understand that you can live and fall asleep even without breast milk. And on return, the child should be informed that the milk is gone.
How to wean a baby from breastfeeding? Dr. Komarovsky
However, this method of weaning a child from the breast can lead to stress in a child. After all, not only the breast with milk, but also the beloved mommy did not disappear for several days. It is worth resorting to such methods only if there is confidence that the baby will tolerate the separation well.
It is necessary to gradually wean the child from the breast.
Gradual weaning from breastfeedingReduce the number of daily attachments. Do not say baby no. It is better to distract him by any means. For example, interesting books, active games or fairy tales. In this case, you need to dress in such a way that it is difficult for the baby to reach, for example, knitted bodysuits or simple T-shirts. For a while, forget about bathrobes, shirts and sweaters with cutouts. Besides, it is not necessary to change clothes about the child.
Enter as a rule to give suck milk only in a certain place and a certain position, for example, lying on a bed. Then in some situations (in the car) it will be easy for the child to explain why he does not receive the breast. By the way, this rule will not be superfluous to introduce already when the baby has already celebrated the first birthday.
Eliminate breastfeeding before bedtime and after waking up. Let the baby be put to sleep by any of the relatives, or simply invent a new ritual of laying.For example, turn on the audio fairy tale or read a book. In this case, the first time is better to take the child in his arms.
Gradually eliminate breastfeeding before bedtime and after waking up
Initially, it is necessary to reduce, and only then completely eliminate night feeding. This is one of the most important stages. Here the main thing is not to fuss and not rush. First, reduce the time of night feeding and do not let the baby fall asleep with the breast. And if the child wakes up and reaches out to his chest, then it is better to offer him a drink. You can also tell the story that the "tita" is tired, asleep and can not come to the baby. And in the morning, when it's time to wake up, mothers should not be around. Wake up before the child and distract him.
As a result, at one point you will understand that the baby has not taken a breast for several days. It turns out that feeding is complete.
Please note that the time spent on weaning a child is different for everyone. Someone may have enough weeks, and someone will take a couple of months. Anyway, after 2.5 years this process is less painful.